African American Leaders Share Message With Portland Elected Officials In Call For Federal Inquiry

The African-American Alliance, Police Commissioner Dan Saltzman and Mayor Sam Adams this morning announced their joint request to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder for an independent federal civil rights investigation of the Jan. 29 shooting death of Aaron Campbell. That investigation, which comes via the written request [PDF] of U.S. Sen Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Portland), ...   More
Friday, February 19, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

How Racist is Oregon?

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Thursday, February 18, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Stalking Saltzman: Candidate Jesse Cornett's Plan for the Police

In an interview with WW last month, Police Commissioner Dan Saltzman said he doesn't have any "specific plans" for how to reform the Portland Police Bureau or improve community trust in the cops. But one of his opponents in the May election sure does. City Council candidate Jesse Cornett today rolled out a six-point plan to reform the Police Bureau. Cornett's plan calls for changes in ...   More
Wednesday, March 3, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

City Hall: Portland Implements Hiring Freeze, But Not For Police (Updated)

The budget-strapped City of Portland has implemented a hiring freeze, effective March 8, and the only Portland employees excluded from the freeze are certain public safety officers. But that exemption could create a problem for the city's general fund because the freeze won't apply fully to the one bureau that has exceeded its personnel budget the most this year, the Portland Police Bureau. "[V]acancies ...   More
Thursday, March 4, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Assistant Chief Brian Martinek Caught on Film Illegally Parked (and that's not his biggest problem)

When we reported last fall about the big rift between Chief Rosie Sizer and her rank-and-file officers, we also mentioned that possibly the only person more unpopular within the police bureau is Assistant Chief Brian Martinek. Sizer hired Martinek in 2006 to head up the bureau's operations branch. But in his three-plus years in Portland, Martinek has developed the same reputation among cops ...   More
Thursday, March 11, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

UPDATED: City Council Hears Testimony on Leonard's Police Oversight Ordinance

The City Council this afternoon heard testimony from dozens of fired-up Portlanders urging immediate action on a proposed ordinance to boost oversight of the Portland Police Bureau. "Please, listen to the people," said Ursula Anderson of Northeast Portland. "You have the power to make a decision today. You have the authority— we voted for you. Make a decision today." Coming on the heels ...   More
Thursday, March 18, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Chief Rosie Sizer on The Latest Police Shooting

Police Chief Rosie Sizer just got done with a news conference to take questions about yesterday's fatal shooting at Hoyt Arboretum of a man by a police officer - the second fatal shooting this year by a Portland cop. Sizer left a lot of questions unanswered in this most recent shooting, including the man's identity, how close the officer was to the man when he shot him or how many shots were ...   More
Tuesday, March 23, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Tracking The Mayor's Attention To Luxury Store's Closure and Officer-Involved Shooting

As Police Commissioner Dan Saltzman (above) deals with the fallout from the latest officer-involved fatal shooting in Portland, Mayor Sam Adams is bracing Portlanders for the July closure of Saks Fifth Avenue, the downtown luxury retail store. Adams issued a 600-word press release about Saks' closure at 10:48 am today: “The property owners, the Portland Development Commission and I made ...   More
Tuesday, March 23, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Two Sentences: Chief Rosie Sizer Responds to Road Rage Cases

After requests from WW and other media for interviews about recently reported road-rage incidents involving Portland police, Chief Rosie Sizer this evening responded with a brief written statement. "Our officers are held accountable for their actions both on and off duty," says the statement, which was sent by email. "People are drawing conclusions about 1,000 officers based on recent reports ...   More
Monday, April 12, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

DA Releases Grand Jury Transcripts in Arboretum Shooting

After gaining permission from Multnomah County Circuit Court Presiding Judge Jean Maurer, the District Attorney's office today released the grand jury transcripts on the March 22 fatal shooting of Jackie Collins. A grand jury last week declined to indict Officer Jason Walters in the shooting. The transcripts are now available on the DA's website. It's the second time that city officials ...   More
Wednesday, April 7, 2010 JAMES PITKIN


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